Ibiza: the island beyond the dance parties

Aug 1, 2023
Ibiza town scene
Ibiza town scene

Ibiza is more than just a party island

When most people think of Ibiza, wild trance parties come to mind. But it's long been on my bucket list and not because I had a hankering to do a shot on someone's abs.

My life is no holiday romcom where someone wakes up in the bathtub after a wild night out with a globally renowned DJ.

Instead, I got lost in the whitewashed alleyways of Ibiza Town and marvelled at the view from the top of the castle in the 30 degree summer sun.

Bright flowers decorated the streets in hues of pink, red and purple for those Mediterranean holiday vibes.

I window shopped for dozens of boho dresses, ate ice coffee at the harbour and often felt stuck between two worlds.

An island of unmistakable duality

Ibiza is an island full of vibrant duality - half touristic party destination, half authentically Spanish with a rich history.

As I sat there sipping my ice coffee, I spotted a couple of young lads at KFC.

They encouraged each other to tuck into another chicken nugget before they readied themselves for another night on the town.

Indeed, I walked past many a poster advertising DJ Tiësto's weekly performances. But that world of boozy fun always felt just out of sight.

I immersed myself into the Spanish life instead and walked up and down the promenade, dipping my toes into the warm water for the occasional swim.

Being able to serenely walk into the ocean like a Queen on a catwalk without having to psych myself up to enter the freezing water was a revelation.

It felt like walking onto the set of Love Island…

I did visit the famous Ocean Beach Club once as part of the business retreat I attended that week.

After a few quick pics at the photo props, we headed inside to the VIP area and it felt like walking onto the set of Love Island.

Suddenly, we were surrounded by scantily clad 18-year-olds in heavy Kardashian-style make-up.

I half expected someone to suddenly exclaim: "I've got a text!"

Wayne Lineker, the club's owner, seemed to delight in all the attention.

Needless to say, it wasn't my scene and my roommate and I left the club to eat ice cream at the local beach.

I learned that not everyone is Beach Club Material. Some of us prefer the Book at the Beach Life.

Life beyond the resort

One thing my week in Ibiza made me realise is that most people that stay at these all-inclusive resorts don't actually see the real Ibiza.

They never stray too far from the bars and restaurants that surround their hotel and the only Spanish they know is "cerveza".

But that's not a bad thing, really. The universe provides and I believe that any holiday knows what it is you need.

So, if you've been to Ibiza and stayed at the resort for a week, I've got good news for you.

You ain't seen nothing yet.

The real Ibiza awaits but a plane ride away. No hangover required.

Instead, eat the ice cream. Lots and lots of it.



Ibiza is more than just a party island

When most people think of Ibiza, wild trance parties come to mind. But it's long been on my bucket list and not because I had a hankering to do a shot on someone's abs.

My life is no holiday romcom where someone wakes up in the bathtub after a wild night out with a globally renowned DJ.

Instead, I got lost in the whitewashed alleyways of Ibiza Town and marvelled at the view from the top of the castle in the 30 degree summer sun.

Bright flowers decorated the streets in hues of pink, red and purple for those Mediterranean holiday vibes.

I window shopped for dozens of boho dresses, ate ice coffee at the harbour and often felt stuck between two worlds.

An island of unmistakable duality

Ibiza is an island full of vibrant duality - half touristic party destination, half authentically Spanish with a rich history.

As I sat there sipping my ice coffee, I spotted a couple of young lads at KFC.

They encouraged each other to tuck into another chicken nugget before they readied themselves for another night on the town.

Indeed, I walked past many a poster advertising DJ Tiësto's weekly performances. But that world of boozy fun always felt just out of sight.

I immersed myself into the Spanish life instead and walked up and down the promenade, dipping my toes into the warm water for the occasional swim.

Being able to serenely walk into the ocean like a Queen on a catwalk without having to psych myself up to enter the freezing water was a revelation.

It felt like walking onto the set of Love Island…

I did visit the famous Ocean Beach Club once as part of the business retreat I attended that week.

After a few quick pics at the photo props, we headed inside to the VIP area and it felt like walking onto the set of Love Island.

Suddenly, we were surrounded by scantily clad 18-year-olds in heavy Kardashian-style make-up.

I half expected someone to suddenly exclaim: "I've got a text!"

Wayne Lineker, the club's owner, seemed to delight in all the attention.

Needless to say, it wasn't my scene and my roommate and I left the club to eat ice cream at the local beach.

I learned that not everyone is Beach Club Material. Some of us prefer the Book at the Beach Life.

Life beyond the resort

One thing my week in Ibiza made me realise is that most people that stay at these all-inclusive resorts don't actually see the real Ibiza.

They never stray too far from the bars and restaurants that surround their hotel and the only Spanish they know is "cerveza".

But that's not a bad thing, really. The universe provides and I believe that any holiday knows what it is you need.

So, if you've been to Ibiza and stayed at the resort for a week, I've got good news for you.

You ain't seen nothing yet.

The real Ibiza awaits but a plane ride away. No hangover required.

Instead, eat the ice cream. Lots and lots of it.